Blue-faced Honeyeaters

Blue-faced Honeyeaters
Honeyeaters

The inquisitive and friendly Blue-faced Honeyeater, Entomyzon cyanotis, is common on the northern and eastern coasts of Australia and in New Guinea.

Their preferred habitats include woodlands, pandanus, paperbarks, mangroves, watercourses, parks and gardens.


Description:

It is large honeyeater and can easily be identified by its bare blue face-patch.The head and throat are otherwise predominantly blackish with a white stripe around the nape (back of the neck) and another from the cheek. The underparts are white and the back and wings olive in colour.

Juveniles are distinguished by their yellow or greenish face patches and dark brown rather than black on the head.


Breeding / Nesting:

They usually nest from June to January, breeding once or twice during this time.

The nest is an untidy deep bowl of sticks and bits of bark in the fork of a tree, Birds Nest or Staghorn Fern or deserted babbler nest.

The hen lays two or three eggs, 22 x 32 mm (1 x 1⅓ in) in dimension, and of buff-pink splotched with red-brown or purplish colors.

It is one of the many bird species parasitized by the Asian Koel.


Diet:

They are commonly known to suck the nectar out of grevillea trees and are very common around the backyard. Their diet consists of pollen, berries, nectar, cultivated crops (e.g. bananas), but the bulk of their diet consists of insects. They are particularly attracted by grapes.


Call / Song:

The call is a ki-owt.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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